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holds bar game of tag for a month each year. > happy father's day. thanks for joining us. point, what it's like inside the country's largest processing center, where children are being separated from their parents, as the politics and protests heat up along the border and beyond. more than 20 injured in a shooting in the mile of the night. chaotic scenes as a gunman opens fire at an arts festival. > are charter schools becoming the new way to separate students by class and race? a troubling, new look. also, the surprise release of a provocative joint album by music's power couple. tonight it's rocking the music world. stunning upset at the world cup, and celebrations that may have literally caused a seismic event. and the present of a life time. >> i was, i wasn't afraid to die.
>> for a dad who didn't expect to see this father's day. >> this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening, there were protests today at facilities where the federal government is enforcing its policy of separatimm from parents, and while the administration is defending the practice, the first lady's office today said she hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can come together for immigration reform. we'll get to the politics in a moment, but we begin with a reality check on the ground. jacob soberoff is at the largest immigration processing center in the u.s., not a new facility but jacob, what is happening there certainly changed in recent week. >> you're right, this facility has been open under multiple administrations. it has become the epicenter of the trump administration's migrant family separations, over we were not allowed to get our
cameras inside but tonight we got in there. the facility serves as an intake for the busiest sector of the southern border. it's the biggest of its kind in the country, agents patrolling 316 river miles of the dividing line between the u.s. and mexico, bring most people they pick up back here for processing. 24 hours a day. there are 77,000 square feet of space under the roof, air conditioned to a cool 72 degrees. inside, people are sorted based on their age, gender, and family status. four pods as they call them. one for girls, 17 and under, another for boys 17 and under, and then there are the families. moms with kids, and fathers with kids, make up the final two groups. >> you'll be taken out to the cpc -- >> reporter: when we walked in the door more than 1,100 people were inside, 525 family members and nearly 200 kids without adults. >> jacob, tell us more about the conditions inside, what you saw. are people kept in individual rooms?
are they grouped together? >> reporter: kate, they're essentially kept in cages. we're getting the first images from hdo photos from the u.s. border patrol and customs and border protection. exactly 1,129 people will sleep inside this facility tonight with mylar blankets, those silver ones like you see after people run marathons. they will be sleeping on mattresses on floors. divided into different pods essentially in what look like animal cages or kennels, and again, tonight more of those people than ever before, young children, will be taken from their parents and sent off to different facilities around the country as a direct result oth policy. >> and jacob for the kids who are in there alone any special treatment for them? do they have people helping them? >> reporter: the amazing thing to think about, kate, there are four, only four licensed social workers that are contractors that are inside this facility for those 1,129 people so with the increasing number of children separated, the manpower simply is not enough and that's
something the border patrol said to us tonight, even though they support this policy. >> jacob soboroff, thank you. immigration policy is reaching far beyond the border with mexico. ng out, and as we mentioned today, the first lady weighed in as well. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has that part of the story. >> reporter: outrage outside a detention center in new jersey today. ♪ protesters railed against the trump administration action that separates children from parents accused of violating immigration laws. >> making the noise, it was us as the people! >> reporter: inside, democratic members of congress crammed into the lobby for what they called an unannounced inspection, but cameras could not follow. >> believe me, tearing children from the arms of their mother and their father is not the right decision. it has got to stop.
>> it's father's day, damn it, and you have a right to talk to your children and you don't even know where your children are. >> reporter: the plight of children prompted a rare move by the first lady, who weighed in with a statement from her office. "mrs. trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform." melania trcarefuy presented a softer tone saying q we must be a country that governs with heart." echoed by top adviser kellyanne conway. >> as a mother, as a catholic, as somebody who has a conscience, nobody likes this policy. you saw the president on camera he wants this to end. >> reporter: but no suggestion the president would reevaluate the legal interpretation that splits families, in fact, former trump strategist and immigration hard liner steve bannon called this a line in the sand.
>> a president is enforcing a zero tolerance policy. we have to get security on the southern border, he has not been given his wall and i believe he's going to enforce this policy. >> reporter: tomorrow two republican senators wi responbility for negotiating how much congress could spend on the president's border wall will meet with him here at the white house. there are divisions among republicans about how to handlehe crisis involving the children. two moderate senators are demanding answers from the administration about the treatment of families lawfully seeking political asylum. therefore, they're not violating immigration laws, and in some cases, they've been separated, too. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, thank you. now to a chaotic and frightening scenearly this morning at an arts festival in new jersey. gun fight send revelers scrambling for cover, one person is dead, more than 20 others are injured. our blake mccoy is there. >> reporter: a gun fight in trenton, new jersey, overnight. >> she got hit! she got hit. >> reporter: sending bullet flying and people running.
>> it was like pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. there was two or three people that went down right in front of me. >> anybody hit? anybody hit over here? >> reporter: chaos in the moments after as the panicked crowd, some injured, poured into the street. the violence shattering a 24-hour art all-night festival, meant to bring the community together. this photo taken hours before. 17 people were shot, including irvin higginbatha, hit four times in the leg. >> the kids out here, doing some stuff, it's no good. put the guns up, go about your life, get an education. >> reporter: police have recovered multiple guns and believe it was a gang-related dispute, one suspected shooter is dead, two others hospitalized. thiss mmy thatnows all too well. >> to me, it's like a normal thing. it's like, is it ever going to end? i don't know. >> reporter: the violence you say has become normal here? >> yeah. >> reporter: that's sad. >> shouldn't have to be that
way. >> reporter: trenton's mayor pleading for peace, not just here, but across the country. >> all shootings, whether large or small, are a crisis. this isn't just a random act of violence. this is a public health issue. >> reporter: i spoke with the event organizers tonight, who say they are deeply saddened but not deterred, vowing to continue this art festival next year saying they are motivated now more than ever. kate? >> blake mccoy, thank you. >> it is dangerously hot in many parts of the country tonight. more than 45 million peoe under heat advisories, or excessive heat warnings. our ron mott is along the or of lake michigan, out in chicago, where the mercury climbed toward 100 degrees today. ron, how dangerously hot is it? >> reporter: hi there, kate, it's sweltering in a word. we were flirting with setting an all-time record for the state of chicago, what would have been the hottest father's day on the
books. it didn't quite get there. the high temperature today 95 degrees, but when you factor in the humidity, it feels more like 101 to 102 degrees so that is very, very dangerous. officials are saying that chicago and surrounding states are going to continue to remain under this excessive heat warning, all the way through tomorrow night, until 7:00 before we expect a cold front to come in, so by this time tuesday night, we're expected to see temperatures 20 to maybe even 30 degrees cooler, that's nice. when it gets this hot for this many days in a row officials tell people stay inside, get into that ac. lot of people didn't want to ruin their sunday so they're here on the beach jumping into lake michigan, which is a cool 66 degrees, and for you folks in the northeast, brace up, this hot air is headed your way. kate? >> we know that, ron. thanks so much, good day to get in the water. the extreme heat as he says is going to continue tomorrow. the coast are all going to see the temperatures coming in from chicago, temperatures in the 90s but the heat index, what it really feels like will be in the triple digits.
overseas today, an immigration drama unfolding in europe, three ships carrying more than 600 migrants mostly from africa were allowed to dock in spain.e laing ends a week-lo joney from libya in which the migrants were rejected by both italy and malta. nbc's matt bradley has more. >> reporter: they were the rescue ships it seemed no one wanted, but this morning, the trio carrying hundreds of mostly african refugees was finally welcomed at the spanish port of valencia, amid celebrations and smiles. ♪ >> i'm happy to be saved. >> reporter: survival wasn't always so certain. these migrants, pregnant women and children among them, had to be rescued from overcrowded rafts off libya's coast, then suffered rough seas and stormy diplomacy. both malta and italy's new populist government refused to accept them, a decision critics called heartless. the pope also expressing concern for their care.
the tense situation reigniting europe's simmering immigration " >> after narrowly surviving the crossing and losing families at sea these families are about to embark and start a new life in europe, one they have risked everything to achieve. >> reporter: safe on land the migrants will receive food and medical checkups but their journey is far from over. they face lengthy immigration and resettlement procedures to live in a europe that's still reluctant to accept them. matt bradley, nbc news. we have an eye opening report tonight about this country's charter schools. there are more than 7,000 of them nationwide. they've often meant to give opportunities to traditionally disadvantaged kids, but a new disproportionately white compared with other schools in the same districts. our education correspondent rehema ellis has the details.
>> reporter: reynolds lake oconee man made lake, lush golf courses and multimillion dollar homes marketed to home buyers as a better kind of life. >> school was the key point that allowed us to move down here. >> reporter: with a better kind of school. >> we are lake oconee academy! >> reporter: lake oconee academy has an "a" rating from the state, a music lab with 25 pianos, a public charter school started by the property developer in part with private money but today funded by taxpayers and free to attend. >> i don't know who would not want their children there, if they're going to have these opportunities. >> reporter: sandra lawson, whose children were in a low performing school was hoping they'd win a spot in the charter lottery and she believes she never stood a chance. are you suggesting there might have been some deliberate effort to prevent your children from attending that school?
>> or children like my children, african-american children. >> reporter: lake oconee academy told nbc the school is public, free, and open to all students in the county, but the facts show 73% of the student body is white, while, for example, just 14% of students are white at the district's traditional public high school. >> so this is a public school, ing public funding, but by its ry design, would not serve most of this community. >> reporter: this is the original design. when the academy was founded, 80% of the seats were allocated for this section of the county, mainly the gated communities with wealthy residents by the lake. georgia's one of these states where a charter school can essentially take a map and draw where they want to serve. >> reporter: three years ago, the zoning was eliminated, but priority is still given to kids with siblings at the school, and children of faculty, also predominantly white, leaving few openings. however, minority students have
increased each year, and the charter school says "we have taken meaningful steps to focus our outreach and enrollment efforts on families that are traditionally considered educationally disadvantaged. we are also committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and board members." but the expectation for families stuck in underachieving schools is that helping diverse disadvantaged students should not be an afterthought. it's the primary reason why many charter schools are created in the first place. and yet a joint investigation by the education news organization, the heckinger report and the investigative fund finds more than 700 charter schools nationwide have a student body that is whiter than any of the traditional public schools in the same district. >> black parents here will say that it does not feel like an accident. >> reporter: the reasons vary. sometimes it can be about getting to and from school. for example, lake oconee academy is the only public school in the district that does not provide
bussing, and in a rural county, there is no public transportation to the school. >> this school and these types of schools are not the norm. the charter school movement is not known as a movement that's serving predominantly white >> ror wwanto to the real estate executive who petitioned to create the greene county charter school. is mr. neil not in today? >> no, ma'am, he's not here. >> reporter: rayburn neil did not return our calls. sandra lawson has given up trying to get her children into the academy. >> hopefully for the next family comes on they are truly given an opportunity. >> reporter: rather than see the spirit of charter schools violated she says by giving advantages to kids who already have a wealth of them. rehema ellis, nbc news, greensboro, georgia. mosw today. huge upset at the world cup as mexico defeated the defending
champions germany. the score was 1-0. mexico pulling it off with a single goal in the first half, and great defense in the second. and there were shock waves literally in mexico city at nearly the same time the one mexico goal was scored, sensors detected a mini earthquake. the mexican geological service says possibly set off by so many fans jumping in the air all at one time in mexico city. still ahead tonight, nasa recognizes the american astronaut who spent the most time up in space. also, pop culture's power couple releasing a surprise joint album. ♪ jumping off the stage >> the secret they somehow managed to keep from millions of fans.
back now the power couple and their equally powerful message, beyonce and jay-z cementing their superstar status, releasing a surprise joint album, and highlighting some provocative social issues as well. nbc's catie beck now on what sent fans into a frenzy. >> reporter: rumored for years but now the talk just got real. couple making a surprise drop on title, the music jay-z and beyonce partly own. >> they just dropped an album and i'm freaking out. >> reporter: called "everything
is love" a feat nothing short of artistic, and unbelievable, two of the world's biggest superstars managing to film at one of the world's most iconic landmarks, without a single leak. the mega stars and their dancers upstaging priceless art with modern moves, highlighting black figures in a gallery with primarily white subjects and artists. sharp lyrics abound, jay-z taking aim at everything from the grammys to the nfl. ♪ i said no to the super bowl, you need know, i don't need you ♪ >> reporter: some were bracing for a split after jay-z's reported infidelity. the wrap mogul opening up to save their marriage. >> we did the hard work of going to therapy and we love each ot >> reporter: but music's ultimate power couple now appearing stronger than ever. catie beck, nbc news, los angeles. >> it is quite a video.
the scene from orbit last year, astronaut peggy whitson on one of her ten space walks, not only is whitson the world's most experienced space walker but she also has spent more time in space than any other american. 665 days during three missions on the space station, those were just some of the milestones cited as whitson retired on friday, 32 years after joining nasa. she called it the greatest honor to live out her lifelong dream. now a critical question. chocolate or cheese? if you could pick only one, which would you choose? scientists from yale did that ar sweet chocolate to brain scans found a surge of activity when people
>> reporter: who spent most of his life putting away the bad guys. >> every day we were kicking doors in, we were arresting people. you name it, we were doing it. >> reporter: but last year was different. frank was suffering from a chronic end stage liver disease. his daughter, erica, prepared for the worst. >> i went home and i said to my husband, i said, this is it. like, this is his last father's day. >> reporter: did you feel that way, frank? >> i did. i did. i wasn't afraid to die. i was afraid for my family of leaving my family. i had every one of them had a letter. >> reporter: you wrote a letter? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: as if you were going to die? >> yeah. >> reporter: but before he gave up -- >> i locked them in the safe. >> reporter: frank made the biggest ask of his life. >> it's very hard to even say, hey, would you donate part of your liver to me. >> reporter: how did you do it? >> i knew i was a blood match, so. >> she told me she was going to do it. >> reporter: were you scared? >> i wasn't concerned about myself. i was concerned about my dad. >> reporter: so last october, erica, a nurse herself, made the biggest sacrifice of her life.
>> we took the right part of her liver, which is roughlabout 60% of the total liver volume. >> reporter: right before you both go under, what were you saying to her? >> telling her how much i loved her. >> reporter: eight months later erica bears a sign of that love. >> he brought me into this world and i gave him him part of my liver, the least i can do. >> reporter: frank is a whole lot healthier and their family gets another father's day they never thought they'd see together. >> happy father's day. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, pennsylvania. >> that's precious. that is "nightly news" on a sunday night. tonight on "date line" harry smith has a father's day journey you will not want to miss. lester holt will be with you tomorrow. i'm kate snow. from all of us here at nbc news, t
now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m terry mcsweeney. we continue to follow breaking news right now in the east bay. fire crews announced about 10 the news at 6:00 starts right now. we are continuing to follow the breaking news out of the east bay. fire crews announced they stopped the spread of two fires in the livermore area, and one lane on the 680 connecter re-opened. it's happening near the ruby hill golf course. so far no reports of any injuries, and the cause of the fires are under investigation. no structures were threatened. we have been following this story since it first broke, and twitter feed is the best way to get an update as fires break out. it has been a windy weekend acrosshe